Aria by Shira Anthony ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

16138730Title: Aria

Author: Shira Anthony

Narrator: Peter B Brooke

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 09/09/2015

Length: 06 hours 35 minutes

Genre: M/M Romance

Summary:

A Blue Notes Series Novel

Five years after a prestigious scholarship jump started his opera career, Aiden Lind has it all: fame, choice roles, and Lord Cameron Sherrington to share his life with. Maintaining his façade takes effort, but under his poised, sophisticated mask, Aiden is still the insecure kid from rural Mississippi. Then he walks in on Cam with another man, and the illusion of perfection shatters.

Philadelphia attorney Sam Ryan never moved on after his partner died, though he tried. Instead of dating, he keeps himself busy with work—but when he unexpectedly runs into ex-lover Aiden while on a rare vacation in Paris, he’s inspired to give their love a second chance. First, though, he’ll have to get Aiden to forgive him. Because when Sam was still grieving five years ago, he broke Aiden’s heart.

When rekindled lust blossoms into a true romance, it seems like the start of something wonderful. But Aiden’s career has him on the road much of the time, and the physical distance between him and Sam starts translating into an emotional disconnect. If Aiden and Sam can’t learn to communicate, their separation may prove more than their love can bear.

Note: The Blue Notes Series can be read in any order. Each is a stand-alone story from the same classical music universe.

Story Review:

I am still kicking myself for having this series on my TBR for such a long time!
Aria is the third book in the Blue Notes and we get to see more of Sam Ryan who we met in Blue Notes and who is still recovering from the loss of his partner Nick.

We also get to meet Aidan who is working through a different kind of grief after finding his lover with another man. Although he suspected Cam was cheating it was still a real kick in the teeth to discover him in all his naked glory bent over the sofa!

This story has a bit more angst than the previous two books and both the characters are a bit more damaged. Sam is plagued by self-doubt, unsure whether he should be moving on and if he can does that mean he is being disloyal? Aidan is having a hard time trusting anyone but he has an extremely hard time trusting Sam.

Sam and Aidan have history you see and it’s not a great one. Go back 5 years when Aiden’s career is just taking off and Sam is making tentative steps back into the dating game. They meet, they feel something for each other but Aiden has to leave town and Sam is too terrified to commit to anything. Sam is left lonely and Aidan is left heartbroken. There is both lust and hurt when they finally run into each other years later.

The writing is beautiful, the characters are compelling and I found I just couldn’t put it down. There is an awful moment when Sam makes a mistake and you wonder whether they can ever come back from it. Shira really made this pair work for their happy!

I think overall this is my favourite so far in the series. These books can be read in any order but you do get to see the other couples from previous books popping up every now and again. Cam was a pain in the ass in this book and I look forward to reading his story later on in the series.

Narration Review:

I enjoyed Peter B Brooke’s narration once again. I think he did a brilliant job with Cam and his voice lent to the story and all the different characters.

Links

Aria on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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